IW Planners OK expanding The Crossings development

Published 4:20 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Isle of Wight County’s Planning Commission has signed off on a proposed expansion of The Crossings development.

Construction of a residential phase, which will include up to 240 condominium units, broke ground last year at the intersection of Carrollton and Brewer’s Neck boulevards, and an adjacent commercial phase has already been approved.

The developers have now submitted plans to expand the project into a 12.24-acre parcel located behind the two approved phases, where they plan to build 52 single-family detached houses.

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The commissioners voted 6-1 April 26 to issue a favorable recommendation on the requested rezoning from rural agricultural conservation to mixed use. The parcel currently contains four radio towers and a concrete block utility building, which are proposed to be demolished.

According to the submitted plans, the 52-house expansion would still utilize a condominium ownership structure, and include a dog park, playground and sidewalks that would connect to the proposed trail system in the two approved phases.

The expansion would include access roads off Channell Way and a new road serving the two approved phases named Spadea Way. It would also eventually connect to a future phase of the South Harbor age-restricted community being built behind the 7-Eleven on Carrollton Boulevard.

The 52 homes are projected to generate an additional 491 average daily vehicle trips, according to a traffic impact analysis. They would also bring roughly 20 additional school-age children to the county. According to a community impact statement by Virginia Beach-based engineering firm MSA P.C., Carrollton Elementary School, Smithfield Middle School and Smithfield High School “have capacity to accommodate this increase.”

Commissioner Jennifer Boykin cast the dissenting vote. The matter is set to go on May 19 to the county’s Board of Supervisors, which will have the final say as to whether the expansion is approved.